Barrettine Paint Panther Paint and Varnish Remover

  4.5/5.0 (110 reviews)
1 coat = Usually sufficient
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2 coats = Sometimes necessary
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Wood type and application method can vary coverage.

  • A highly effective varnish and paint stripper
  • Suitable for for use on water, oil and solvent-based paints, varnishes and lacquers
  • For both interior and exterior use
  • Remove up to 6 layers of paint in 5 minutes
  • Non-drip gel formula ideal for vertical or awkward areas
  • Methylene chloride free
Brand Barrettine
No. of coats 1-2
Coverage Up to 3 per litre
Drying time 15 mins
Size 250ml, 1L, 4L
GTIN 5015861001078, 5015861001054, 5015861001047

Paint Panther is ideal for both interior and exterior use and is effective on a wide range of new and old paint and varnish formulations.

Read more about stripping paint and varnish from wood in our blog.

For decorative plaster coving, cornicing and ceiling roses, carved or shaped wood, decorative metal fireplaces and other surfaces with a decorative design, that has been in-filled with paint, consider PeelAway 1 Paint Remover and PeelAway 7 Paint Remover. Also available in a handy PeelAway 1 and 7 Sample Twin Pack.

Areas to be stripped should be cleaned to remove any surface dirt and debris that may restrict contact with the Paint Panther remover. Ensure that any surfaces not intended to be stripped are covered and protected from this product.

Paint Panther gel contains corrosive substances and should only be used in a well ventilated area with protective clothing such as gloves, safety glasses or goggles.

Always do a test area to assess performance and compatibility before starting any project. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on the tin at all times.

  1. Using a suitable brush, paint a thick coat of Barrettine Paint Panther onto about a square meter at a time
  2. Wait between 5 and 10 minutes before removing the gel
  3. Remove the wood stripping gel and stripped product with a scraper (recommended) or steel wool (wearing protective gloves)
  4. Light scoring of the coated surface may enhance performance, however do not sand if any coats contain lead
  5. When finished, follow with a wash of white spirit

If required, the process can be repeated again for stubborn areas or where there are many layers of paint.

110 customer reviews
Works well by Adrian Allworth

best results leave for as long as possible

Reviewed 1L on: 22/03/17
Excellent by Mr Walter Howarth

Works extremely well. Best product I've used.

Reviewed 250ml on: 02/03/17
First Class by John Booth

Perfect product, perfect deal. First Class Company

Reviewed 1L on: 25/11/16
Excellent product - does exactly what it says it does by Joanne Corless

I bought this to try and help with our mammoth hallway project. It works a treat. However because of the amount of paintwork I've got to strip back I'm using in combination with a paint gun. I remove the 10 layers or so of paint and allow the work surface to cool. I then paint the Barrentine Paint Panther and Varnish Remover over the surface and leave to do it's thing. It removes the vile 1930's varnish like a dream and a quick wipe over with white spirit and the job is done. I'm about to order some more to finish the job. If I was working on a smaller project or something with fiddly bits I'd just use this to get the paint off the woodwork.

Reviewed 4L on: 22/11/16
Very please with the results by Jeremy Collett

I applied the wrong finish Barrettine Paint Panther allowed me to strip the Fiddes Hard Wax Oil Tints and apply a new tint.

Reviewed 1L on: 14/11/16
Fab product by Francesca Tolond

Did what I expected it to do very well!

Reviewed 1L on: 04/10/16
Fantastic Stripper by Sarah Beaton

This is really good. Will use this product from now on. Highly recommend.

Reviewed 250ml on: 21/09/16
Brilliant, removed layers of paint and varnish! by Andrew Somerville

Was great, rather pongy but was not runny, which meant; you didn't get it all over your hands and it stayed on the area you applied it to.

Reviewed 1L on: 04/09/16
As good as any other stripper i have used in past by Mr George Leggeat
Reviewed 1L on: 02/09/16
Great on wood bad on veneer by Krzysztof Kazimierski

Its is working great on wood, but after applaying on veneer doors it brought up grain an messed up glue which holds veneer in place. No horrible smell, easy to apply.

Reviewed 4L on: 31/08/16
Does what it says on the tin! by Thomas Smith

A fast and efficient remover without causing any damage to antique furniture and very easy to use-even the brushes are easy to clean. Superb product and would highly recommend it!

Reviewed 4L on: 25/08/16
Excellent !! by Paul Fannan

Best paint and varnish stripper I've used by a country mile !! Used it on a couple of 1940's oak external doors loads of layers of paint and varnish stripped them no problems with 3 applications

Reviewed 4L on: 07/06/16
Does what it says by Stephen Watson

Made a hard job easy

Reviewed 1L on: 30/05/16
Used a little to start to strip gloss paint and undercoat from external doors I haven't used other paint stripping liquids by John Campbell

The product slowly softens the paint in thin layers. Once a thin layer is scraped away, more product needs to be applied to soften the next layer. Not a quick solution to paint stripping.

Reviewed 250ml on: 25/05/16
Did not work on varnish by Ian Corker

Bought Paint Panther after Screwfix paint remover failed, despite several coats and leaving for longer than recommended. Paint Panther also failed, also after more than one application and leaving for ages. It may be good on paint, but did very little to remove old varnish. In some places it did work, but in others, nothing. So its either back to sanding, heat gun or solvent. The real pity is that having read the other reviews I bought a large container. So if anyone wants some, please let me know.

Reviewed 4L on: 22/05/16
A note from us...

Hello Ian,

I am sorry to hear that the Paint Panther didn't work for you. We always recommend a test areas with all products but especially strippers, to check firstly for any adverse reactions and second that it will work for your project.

We have another stripper that may be more suitable Peelaway Sample pack allows you to test two different strengths of stripper to see which is best suited for your project. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or if we can help further.

All the Best Sam.

Didn't work! by Gerry Farrel

Followed all of the instructions and it took a bit of the varnish off but not all of it.

Reviewed 250ml on: 21/05/16
Easiest stripper to use by Ben Robinson

Never used stripper before but so easy to use. Definitely easy and quick to use

Reviewed 1L on: 21/05/16
Very poor by Billy Tanner

after reading the reviews got this product for a 15 year old varnished bed.tried several applications used about half the tin on a 10 inch area. followed the instructions on tin.never even touched the varnish,never blistered like the tin says.just slightly softened the varnish and was still very hard to scrap off.went and got some blackfriars and it stripped it in seconds.very poor product.if i could leave 0 stars thats what it would have got.

Reviewed 1L on: 20/05/16
A note from us...

Hello Mr Tanner,

Disappointing to hear that the Paint Panther did not work for you. It would be fair to say that it is a successful product for many many paints and Varnishes, but there are some paints out there that many be stubborn and require a second coat. Test areas are also important as these can show if the product is rioght for you and for how long you will need to leave it on.

If you have any further questions please feel free to call 0800 7818 123


Easy to apply and not as messy as similar products. Effective and most varnish comes of with one coat.

Reviewed 1L on: 05/05/16
Did the job by L McGeachie

Used this product to strip an Ercol chair. Much easier to use and less messy than expected. Used it in the garage on a cold day, took longer than indicated and several applications in places but worked better indoors. Covered area with cling film to stop it drying out too quickly - meant no smell when indoors, then finished off outdoors.

Reviewed 1L on: 19/04/16